Nutrition

Canadian doctors no more consider milk a part of healthy diet

You grew up being told that milk is healthy for you. It is important for healthy bones and teeth. Everyone needs to drink milk. In fact, children need a higher amount than adults. Everyone has come across statements like these in their lifetime.

For quite a long time, milk was considered to be an essential part of the daily diet.

Not so is the case now!

Canada has become the first country to exclude it from the daily food guide. Scientists have come up with their own reasoning for explaining the situation.

Prepare yourself from some surprising changes in the field of nutrition!

Is milk healthy?

Canada prepares a food guide every 10-year or so. The last time such a document was available to people was in 2007. With a two year gap, researchers have finally established that milk is no longer part of the healthy diet plan.

Instead, people are encouraged to consume a greater amount of unprocessed foods that include fruits and vegetables.

The plan was welcomed by pro-plant based diets but faced a serious backlash from the dairy lobby. Critics have argued that the guide has been too biased towards certain food items.

Anyhow, the proposition put forward is that the milk we have available is highly processed. It is loaded with chemicals that may not be too healthy for the body. In most other cases, the hygiene of dairy animals is also not ensured.

In an investigation that was conducted, a major portion of the farm animals failed to meet the health standard requirement. Which in turn raises a big question mark on the type of milk that is extracted out from these animals.

Farmers are not focusing a lot on the health of the animals and look for ways to increase their money. Either way, the milk that was initially believed to be beneficial may not be that healthy now.

Moreover, one other big reason for excluding milk from the dietary plan was its ability to increase obesity. The reference was towards flavoured kinds of milk that are loaded with high amounts of sugar. Kids like drinking chocolate, strawberry milk but are unaware of the potential risk of obesity.

What is there in the food guide?

The next thing you will possibly wonder, so what is actually there in the guide?

Interestingly enough, Canadian nutritionists have also advised on cutting back on the intake of processed meat. It is a big contributor towards obesity and more importantly may not offer the daily requirement of protein.

Therefore, what is advised is to shift to a diet that is based on fruits and vegetables. For example, one plate for a meal should contain half portion of fruits/vegetables, a quarter of starch/grain and a quarter of unprocessed protein.

By following such a plan, people can expect themselves to remain healthy and fit during their lives.

It is pertinent to note that milk always found its place in the food guide since 1942. It is the first time something of this sort has happened.

Whether milk is actually non-beneficial as critics have argued? Only future research will tell us.

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic!

One Comment

  1. Mr. Mayer, please allow me to comment on your article, in which you state that milk products have been excluded from Canada’s Food Guide.

    In fact, nutritious milk products continue to be part of the revised Canada Food Guide announced in January 2019.

    It was also mentioned that “researchers have finally established that milk is no longer part of the healthy diet plan.” Actually, there is abundant research, which demonstrates that milk products with various fat content can be a part of healthy diet. In recent years, it concluded, among other findings, that full fat dairy products are not associated with detrimental effects on health and that they could even be beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, for instance.

    Canadian milk is also not highly processed. There are only three required steps involved in processing raw milk into milk on grocery store shelves: 1) pasteurization – mandatory in Canada to ensure that there are no harmful bacteria that would spoil the milk; 2) fat calibration – meant to offer consumers the option of fat-free milk, 1%, 2% or 3.25%; and 3) the addition of vitamin A and D, also required in Canada.

    To offer the best milk every day, Canadian dairy farmers also have excellent standards and practices. Under proAction, a program put in place to demonstrate how milk is produced responsibly, Canadian dairy farmers offer proof to customers that they work to ensure milk quality and continually improve animal health and welfare.

    Lucie

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